Truck Drivers Exhibit on Instagram

The old saying a picture is worth a thousand words proves itself true time and time again, especially for social media sites like Instagram. Founded in 2010 and later purchased by Facebook originator Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram is an application that allows mobile phone and tablet users to edit and share pictures and videos. Networking platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr are just a few places Instagram photos are distributed.

Through the use of hashtags such as #truckdriver (which already has more than 153,000 posts) drivers can share their photos and connect with like-minded folks around the world. It’s also a platform where drivers can engage in political debate and discussions on industry topics. For instance, hashtag #truckdriverproblems showcases more than 2,100 posts that feature a variety of pertinent topics relating to the trucking industry and the number of posts are continually increasing.

Hashtag #truckdriverlife features a lot of the trucking industry’s upside. With more than 5,000 posts from drivers, there’s a long list of smiling faces, beautiful photographs of trucks, and a ton of “real life trucking moments” available for public viewing.

Why are all these truckers embracing Instagram? The answer is pretty simple. The connection between truck driving and Instagram is a natural one. Professional drivers today are much more technologically advanced. They have to be considering that the inside of most trucks are usually more technologically advanced than many aircrafts. With all said and done, there is a natural carryover from working in that kind of environment to social media sites like Instagram.

One of the more interesting and controversial features of Instagram is that you can start your own hashtag at anytime and you can usually find a hashtag on just about any type of brand. Millis Transfer is even on Instagram. Check out #MillisTransfer and you will find more than 400 random posts. One in particular is a wonderful post from “christruckermusic” who offers a personal invite to be a paid tourist with us!

On his Instagram post, Chris says he is excited to carry on the Millis Transfer family tradition. He also loves being a 4th generation trucker. His Instagram has been shared with some of the following hashtags: #paidtourist, #millistransfer, #truckernation, #truckingoutlaw, #fourthgenerationtrucker, #countryboy, and #countrymusician. The potential exposure is enormous.

Other posts on the #MillisTransfer hashtag include one from #Truckingwithdogs, who recently shared a Millis Transfer Facebook photo that highlights someone’s pet sitting in the window of a Millis Transfer truck. There are also pictures of sunsets, stadiums, and even a shot of the “Drive Friendly” Texas Welcome Sign.

Because over-the-road truck drivers usually do capture the most breathtaking views, a platform like Instagram enables them to share some of those with the world. It would not be surprising to find that a lucky truck driver or two will someday rise to international fame via the sharing of photographs from the places they visit. A look at some of the hashtags like #truckersjourney and #truckersview is a strong testament to the amount of talent out there.

Overall, there’s a lot of advice on the internet for Instagram users on how to build their individual platforms. Sites like Gramlike.Com also offer fun and creative ideas to help illustrate favorite photos. These are just a few listed on their website suggested for Instagram use.

• I’m way up, I feel blessed.
• I cannot see heaven being much better than this.
• Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not strong enough.
• Be who and what you want, period.
• Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.
• I wasn’t lucky, I deserved it.
• Whatever you do in life, make sure it makes you happy.
• The question isn’t can you, it’s will you?
• What do you think of the view?
• We all start as strangers.

With captions like that, it is easy to see why so many engage in sharing. While social media platforms are fun and innovative, it is a good idea to use them wisely and never while actually driving. With that said, enjoy the view of all the wonderful places out on the road. We look forward to seeing you at #MillisTransfer.

About Millis Transfer
Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

Millis Transfer Makes the Grade

When searching for a trucking company, what distinguishes one from the other? At Millis Transfer, we believe it is not only the training a company provides, but the full package of amenities and pay options that the company offers. Since Millis Transfer first opened its doors in 1936, the company has been dedicated to providing a family oriented environment and has been focused on what it does best – transporting materials, safely and reliably. The company has earned a reputation for excellence. That has been a consistent ranking throughout the years, not only with customers, but with our drivers as well.

Survey information posted on Brightlocal.com states that, “Almost 9 out of 10 consumers have looked at reviews in the last 12 months to help them make a decision on a business. What’s more, 4 out of 10 consumers do so as a regular action.” It is no surprise then to learn that reviews are sought after and provided on everything from hotels and restaurants to driving instructors and transportation companies.

While online reviews are not full proof, people are beginning to put more trust into them. According to Brightlocal.com, 88% trust them as much as personal recommendations. In another survey regarding online reviews, 58% of respondents said they were likely to share their experiences about a company or product online as much as they were through word of mouth.

How well has Millis Transfer performed? What have people been saying about us? Here are just a few of the non-solicited, non-paid testimonials that we found online at one of top reviewing sites:

“I enjoyed driving for Millis Transfer very much. Lots of miles, home time requests always kept. New equipment. But I would have to say the best thing about the company is that I had a great dispatch. Friendly drivers. Terminals conveniently located.”

“This is the place to be for an over-the-road career in truck driving. New truck every three years. They really take care of you.”

The testimonials do not stop there. Other comments have indicated the following perks:

  • Free coffee
  • Tv in trucks
  • Shop gets your truck in and out pretty quick
  • No forced dispatch
  • Pays every week
  • Great equipment
  • While those comments are nice, what is even better is that Millis Transfer provides much more than that. That is why we encourage anyone interested in learning more about the company to contact our recruiting department. Not only can they provide more details on the things that matter most to you, they can assist you in more ways than you thought possible.

    Millis Transfer is not just committed to being the best trucking company on the road for our customers. We’re also committed to being one of the best for our drivers. Give us a call today and find out why we’re truly making the grade when it comes to customer and driver satisfaction.

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Set a Record With Us

    Truck drivers accomplish some amazing tasks. For instance, one driver logged 3,001,276 miles in a commercial truck between February 12, 1986 and March 14, 2009 without one single accident. Because of that, he earned the Guinness Book of World Records Title. To this day, no one has been able to surpass his record achievement. Do you think you have what it takes to surpass the most miles title? If so, the Guinness Book of World Records is interested in hearing from you.

    Believe it or not, setting your own record has never been easier. To help you win that elusive title, the Guinness Book of World Records now offers an easy to navigate website with a free online application for drivers who can do amazing or uncommon feats. Those interested will also find a long list of fun and amazing titles that they can challenge. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–there are some truly awesome people in trucking. Thanks to the Guinness Book of World Records even more of them are now being acknowledged. If you’re interested in competing, simply visit the following links (Most Miles) or (Other Records). When you do, fill out the application. You never know, you could be the next title holder for something like “tightest parallel parking” or the “shortest driver” in trucking. You can even make up your own category. The possibilities are endless.

    At Millis Transfer, you don’t have to hold a world record to get our attention. We think drivers who try their hardest and put safety first are record holders in their own right. That’s why we always go out of our way to recognize the many amazing accomplishments of dedicated drivers like Tom Atkinson or Jennifer Sterritt-Smith. They are just a couple of our own million milers who help to remind us all of the great things we can accomplish when we put forth our best efforts.

    If you’re a dedicated driver, who would like to join a family that puts your best interests first and recognizes the hard work that you do, then give us a call. With great benefits, top dollar pay, and some of the best equipment in the market, you’ll be glad you did.

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Turning Over a New Leaf, Finding New Roads

    The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) recently published survey results that analyzed people who wanted to pursue a new field later in their careers. According to the findings, 82% of survey participants made a successful transition after the age of 45.

    “The study offers valuable lessons for older workers, employers and higher education leaders,” AIER reports. “Whether the decision is voluntary or forced on them, older workers can and do shift their career paths.” When they do, findings show it usually helps them to achieve their financial and personal goals. To read more, you can see the article here: https://www.aier.org/CCwebform-OWS

    Changing jobs doesn’t have to be scary or risky, especially when you make the decision to join the trucking industry. If you’re an individual that enjoys the freedom of the open road, is inspired by the countryside, likes being your own boss, and wants to work with a company that treats you like a member of the family, then Millis Transfer has the financial and personal rewards you’re seeking. Our on-site schooling and paid training make it easier than ever to do what you’ve always wanted and to see the world from a whole new perspective.

    As reported in one online article, “The American Trucking Association (ATA) has initiated a billboard, print and TV campaign to convince older couples to drive together. The reason: The 1.3 million drivers of long-haul, heavy trucks are approximately 20,000 fewer than needed. Putting two drivers in one cab doubles the miles driven, substantially cutting delivery times.”

    “The Complete Guide to a Career Change after 50” also points out that the average age of retirement is rising. “Many people over 50 may have 15, 20, or even 30 years of working life left in them, and some choose to spend the remainder of their working years in a new career.”

    With that said, why not spend it with the one you love, out on the open road. Older couples can benefit tremendously by entering the trucking industry. They get the advantage of being together, while traveling to all the places they have always wanted to see. And while they get to see all the places they have always wanted to, they are getting paid to be there.

    Financial rewards. Sight-seeing. Good times together. When you are ready to start driving, we’ll be here.

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Sizing Up Truckers To Make Safer, More Ergonomic Cabs

    A study to analyze the “human bodies” of truck drivers was recently conducted by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

    The “Anthropometric Study of U.S. Truck Drivers,” as it was officially called, measured truck drivers because up-to-date anthropometric data, which plays an “important role in improving ergonomic design of truck cabs…has not been collected for decades.” According to the findings of the online report, knowing the average size of truck drivers will help engineers improve cab design features and reduce work-related highway incidents.

    The study, initiated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), lasted for four years. During that time, information on 1,779 males and 171 female truck drivers was collected at 16 different locations in 15 states across the United States. Truck drivers were measured at places like the Mid-America Truck Show, the Great American Truck Show, and the Great West Truck Show. Only those with a valid Class A CDL were allowed to participate.

    Findings revealed male truck drivers tend to be larger in body width and girth when compared to the general male population. A comparison of women truck drivers showed they were about the same size as the regular work population, but the sample size for women truck drivers was very small. Because of that, results may be somewhat inconclusive. Measurements from both men and women truck drivers, however, were utilized to construct “preferred body models” for women and men truck drivers that would be suitable to use in the design of new ergonomic truck cabs.

    The study examined the way truck drivers sit, including measurements for things like sitting height, elbow rest height, buttock-knee height, thigh clearance, eye height and more. They also looked at the average hand size, shoe length, and shoe width. Information on age, sex, and race was also examined.

    After the research was conducted, a total of 15 body models for both male and female truck drivers were constructed. Each model represented a unique type of body. As noted in the study, the use of these models will help to benefit the design of the “next-generation truck cabs.” The body models designed from the truck drivers, they say, comfortably represents about 95 percent of the trucking population. For those that fall outside the 95 percent margin, customized options may be more of a long term consideration.

    Through the help of the research, it was determined that truck drivers as a group are not the same as models from the general population. Further, male truck drivers, on average, are a unique type of group in regard to size specifications. With that said, next generation truck cabs should not rely on data that is not specific to those who actually work in trucking. Otherwise, truckers will be driving cabs that were designed from a model that does not represent their true body characteristics as a group.

    With the help of this research and thanks to the new data on size, truck cabs in the future should be closer to a custom fit, more comfortable, and definitely safer for truckers in general. Read more about the findings here: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-116/pdfs/2015-116.pdf

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    It’s Time to Thank Our Truck Drivers

    In celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, it is time once again to say “thanks” to our 7.3 million trucking industry employees that help to move America’s freight. “Those who work in the trucking industry or personally know a truck driver understand the important work that these men and women do on the road each day,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Truck drivers are safe, dedicated individuals who help provide our daily goods and I hope the public celebrates and thanks all 3.5 million of them…”

    According to the ATA, the trucking industry provides one out of every 16 jobs in America and moves more than 70.1% of the nation’s total freight tonnage. “…more than 80% of U.S. communities rely exclusively on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities – providing access to 21st century products to both remote rural communities and urban centers.”

    Without truck drivers, we simply would not have access to the things we need—the things that enable us to live healthy and safe lives. Truck drivers do more than just deliver goods; they also fill integral roles in our societies. As noted by ATA First Vice Chairman Kevin Burch, “Truck drivers are incredibly vital to our economy, but they’re also valuable members of their communities, oftentimes serving as baseball coaches, pastors and volunteers. That level of civic engagement is a unique foundation of the trucking industry….”

    As we honor our nation’s truck drivers throughout September, we also take a moment to remember the historical events of September 11th. An important day in our country’s history, it is also one that changed trucking dramatically. According to CCJDigital.Com, the events of 9/11 put even more scrutiny on the application process for HazMat endorsements and other related trucking issues. Now, more than ever, truck drivers play a vital role, not only in transporting goods, but in helping to maintain and secure those goods as well.

    September is a significant month. It’s a time to recognize truck drivers and to remember 9/11. It is also a time when football gets underway and autumn finally arrives. While eventful, it is not so busy that we cannot stop to remember or give thanks for those who do so much for all of us.

    All that we do and all that we celebrate, more often than not, is made possible or stems from the hard work and dedication of those in the trucking industry. With that said, it is with great pride that we say, “Thank You, Truckers” for all that you sacrifice and for all that you give—to the profession, to the community and to the world.

    National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Why Trucking Is A Better Career Choice

    Benjamin Snyder wrote an article earlier this year that was published in Fortune Magazine, entitled, “These are the top 10 in-demand jobs of 2015.” His article states, “If you’re a nurse and looking for a job, it’s pretty easy to get a new gig. The same is true for truck drivers. In fact, they’re the most in-demand jobs, according to a report released earlier this month by the job bulletin board Indeed.com.”

    On August 6th of this year, BBC News published an article by Rachel Nuwer, entitled, “Will Machines Eventually Take On Every Job?” It also says that trucking is one of the most in-demand fields in the market. The article begins with the message: “It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is currently the most popular job in 29 states.” Nuwer reports, “It’s not that truck driving is a particularly sought after career path, however. Rather, it is simply one that is available and pays decently. Unlike a plethora of other jobs that have declined in recent years, truck driving has remained immune to the forces that have elbowed out different lines of work.”

    As market trends shift, reasons to be a truck driver seem to be growing, even with the onset of automation. While some fear automation will dampen the future potential for drivers, that may not be the case. Nuwer says what the future holds for trucking depends much on industry leaders. Her research suggests there’s a strong possibility automation may prove to only enhance the role of the driver, making the work easier and safer.

    “In the past decades, computers, cash machines and self-serve pumps have largely replaced secretaries, bank tellers and gas station attendants, respectively. Door-to-door deliveries, on the other hand, cannot be outsourced to another country, while long haul driving has yet to be automated.” Nuwer adds that there are a number of industries where people prefer and pay for services just because they are not automated. Industry experts, also, despite growing talk of automation, continue to assert truck driver jobs will only grow in demand. So far, that seems to be true.

    While there is no crystal ball to the path of security, there are solid reasons to enter the field of trucking. Not only is it an industry that is currently in top demand, it does not require an investment in a four year degree. If a person has the desire to be a driver, they can make that happen in as little as a few weeks. Cost is minimal and rewards are better than many receive after four year degree training. If you want to be a truck driver, take a look at the job boards. There is plenty of opportunity for those who can step up to the challenge.

    If you think trucking is the right decision for you, Millis Transfer is here to help. Along with some of the best training, Millis Transfer can get your trucking career initiated and on track. There’s a lot to gain. So, don’t delay. Give Millis Transfer a call and see how easy it is to begin your career in trucking today.

    About Millis Transfer
    Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Coming Soon to Millis Transfer: DirectTV in Cabs!!!

    Drivers for Millis Transfer will soon be enjoying a luxury that many trucking companies do not offer–Free DirectTV in their cabs! That’s right. Before long, all your favorite NFL games and a choice of premium movies through the Showtime network will be as easy to access as pushing the power button on the brand new remote control units that will be included as part of the new entertainment packages.

    Real-time stats and scores. All your favorite sports action. Movies and shows that help the time in the cab seem a little closer to the time spent at home. And it is all at no cost to drivers–Millis is also paying the monthly service fees. You can look around at all the companies you want, but you will find few that offer the same perks you get when driving for Millis Transfer.

    This is a company that appreciates all that you do. It is evident in what Millis Transfer does for their drivers. When the company made the decision to add 24″ flat screen televisions and DirectTV service to all their trucks, they did not have to pick up the cost. They wanted to. It is just another great reward from a company that truly goes the extra mile to make drivers feel at home.

    The new options are definitely going to make entertainment a lot more exciting and convenient. Viewing options will include NFL ticket and Showtime movie channels. Drivers will enjoy all the games and movies they could want, without any of the cost, available right in their cabs. While technology advances have offered several options for mobile multimedia, drivers have never experienced television like they will with their new entertainment consoles. It’s just one more reason Millis Transfer sets the standard when it comes to working in the transportation business.

    About Millis Transfer
    Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Millis Transfer: Preparing for an Amazing 2015

    “In the new year, you carry all the experience of the past years and that is the greatest power of every new year. This year again, you are less student and more master.”   -M. Ildan

    We learn a lot with each mile. And as the miles add up, we become veteran drivers with skills that set us apart. Truck driving offers some of the best opportunities in the world. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates, it is also filled with challenges that require expertise and driving experience.

    The slogan, “If you bought it, then you know a trucker brought it,” means more than having milk on the shelf in the middle of a snow storm. Whether it is the moments spent driving on icy roads, navigating through regions engulfed by forest fires or rolling through some of the deepest floods,  those experiences shape us in unique ways and make us more knowledgeable, prepared drivers.

    As we look toward this upcoming year, we know so much rests beneath our hands. Because of that, it is time to once again sit up, take a deep breath and mentally prepare. We know Rome wasn’t built in a day, but your personal driving goals are obtainable with good planning and a positive mindset.

    Decide to make it your best year ever and it will be. With that said, buckle up, stay alert and remember these things as we roll into 2015:

    You are making better choices.
    Our choices sometimes make the difference between life and death. Supply or No Supply. That’s why making good choices not only in how you drive but in how you take care of yourself matters. Simple things like drinking more water or making better food choices make significant differences. Remember that high school picture without the extra pounds, where you were looking super cool? Keep in mind that a healthy, happy appearance is not only achievable, it is maintainable.

    Appreciate how valued you are, just the way you are.
    A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t move forward unless you change it. Avoid toxic situations. We all know a “Billy Big Rigger” and a “Harvey Wallbumper.” Studies have shown that toxic people and bad influences can affect your day in ways that are harmful to your mental health, success and driving. Avoid or change your reactions to negative situations and watch how much your happiness improves.

    Safer driving will help you manage stress.
    We’ve all got stresses. Whether it is “Evel Knievel Shootin Ya in the Face” or a “Cheese Wagon” pulling out from nowhere, take a deep breath, relax and stay calm. With the training you’ve received from Millis, you are making better driving decisions and those choices will get you safely past any type of stressful situation tomorrow.

    Do the Right Thing.
    In cab computers and cell phones are great, but you should refuse to text and drive. You should also make time for rest so that you do not have to fill up on coffee or roll your window down in the freezing cold just to stay awake. Those little things make a big difference in your daily success. They may even save a life!

    Remember to take a few minutes a day just for you.
    Relax. Reach out to loved ones. See a movie. Do 20-30 minutes of physical activity every day. Once you do, the journey ahead will be more enjoyable and you’ll be more refreshed. That makes all the difference when someone hastily tries to “beat you to the spot.” You will not have to worry as you are making choices that help to keep you and others safe even when other drivers are not being so safe.

    Make the most of the present moment.
    As truck drivers, we see some of the most amazing sights in the world. Resolve to capture all the cool signs and funny scenes along the road. Remember weighing the wagon does not have to be a boring event. There are plenty of things that make the everyday activities of a trucker’s life more exciting. It all begins with you and whether you decide to see that tank as half full or half empty. This year…let’s make it full. Really full, with all the right stuff.

    Life is a highway and there are plenty of amazing things out there along the way. Be safe, look out for your fellow drivers and enjoy the ride. 2015 is going to be an amazing year.

    Millis Transfer trains and employs some of the best drivers in the world. Interested in being a part of our team? Find out about our available truck driving opportunities by calling (800) 937-0880 or APPLY NOW at www.millistransfer.com.

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